COINTELPRO — NEW LEFT

Editors

  1. William C. Sullivan, then the director of the FBI’s Intelligence Division, died in 1977, shot through the neck by a hunter who claimed he mistook him for a deer.

  1. We concur.

  1. Naturally…

  1. The mid-century successor to the “mass party.”
  2. The FBI field office in Phoenix zeroed in on Arizona State philosophy professor Morris Starsky in 1968, after he allowed his students to miss class to attend an antiwar demonstration. He was fired in 1970 after the FBI submitted a dossier summarizing his activities, including his association withthe Socialist Workers Party, to the university’s Board of Regents. The dossier was signed “A Concerned ASU Alum.”
  3. In July of that year, a slew of high status New Yorkers received an annotated copy of an open letter written by Columbia student leader Mark Rudd, with his expletives highlighted. It asked, “We wonder — after you read this letter — if you will consider Students for a Democratic Society to be a legitimate campus organization in the American University tradition,” and was signed “Concerned Alumni.”
  4. In fact, the “New England Universities Referendum on Vietnam” was conducted a few months later. 51% of respondents favored a Communist Vietnam over the continuation of the war. 68% thought the war was against the best interests of the Vietnamese people. 73% thought the war was “not worth it.”
  5. The FBI was on to something here. These animosities contributed to the organization’s dissolution in 1969, and the subsequent splintering of the New Left.
  6. Shortly after this memo was written, the FBI field office in Newark moved against the SDS chapter at Princeton University, publishing a leaflet that included student leaders’ heads superimposed over apes’ bodies, with the caption “Princeton is not Planet of the Apes.”
  7. Just like a college education!
  8. The words that launched a thousand FOIA requests…